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ARTICLE ID 169297

$________ - PREMISES LIABILITY - STRICT LIABILITY - GROSS NEGLIGENCE - BUILDING COLLAPSES ON PLAINTIFF AND OTHERS DURING DALLAS COWBOYS ROOKIE TRAINING CAMP - SEVERE COMPRESSION FRACTURE OF CERVICAL SPINE AND DISLOCATION OF CERVICAL VERTEBRAE.

Dallas County, Texas

In this negligence action, the plaintiff alleged that the defendants were liable for the faulty construction of a practice facility and the negligent supervision of the construction. The building collapsed on the plaintiff and others during a thunderstorm. The plaintiff sustained a broken and dislocated neck as a result of the incident. The defendants denied the allegations of negligence, blamed each other and disputed the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries.

On May 2, ________, the Dallas Cowboys were conducting a rookie camp. The plaintiff was employed by the team as a special teams coach. Due to inclement weather, the outdoor practice was moved indoors into the team’s practice facility, a steel and fabric facility sold and built by the defendant, Summit Structures. The defendant Summit’s affiliate, the defendant, Cover-All, designed and prefabricated the structural steel members of the building.

The plaintiff contended that the building had a history of structural issues prior to the incident on May 2nd. The defendants Blue Star and Cowboys Center were notified by the defendant Summit of structural safety hazards. Summit performed structural repairs to the building in May ________. The plaintiff contended that those repairs were performed without engineer approval.

On May 2nd as the plaintiff and others were inside the facility practicing, the roof of the facility collapsed and the plaintiff and others were seriously injured. The plaintiff sustained a compression fracture of his neck and dislocated vertebrae.

The plaintiff brought suit against the defendants, alleging negligence, strict liability, gross negligence and civil conspiracy on the part of Summit Structures. As to the development and center defendants, the plaintiffs alleged that they permitted Summit to perform additional work without outside engineering approval. There were also allegations of negligence and gross negligence on the part of the remaining defendants.

The defendants denied the allegations and disputed their liability. They also disputed the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries and damages.

The matter was resolved prior to trial for the sum of $________, consisting of $________ from the defendant, Summit Structures, and $________ from Blue Star Development and Cowboys Center.

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